Thought for the Week
“Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Were any words ever so familiar and yet so little-followed? Ironic, since it illustrates Jesus’ very point. He’s not saying that the majority of people choose the wrong path in life, but that the majority don’t choose at all. And that, in not choosing, they’re simply carried along by the herd down the broad path that leads to—well, we all know where animals who are being herded end up.
Little choices (“Earl Grey or Chai?”—those kinds of choices) are easy. Big choices (“Who shall I be?”—those kinds of choices) are hard. And so we focus on the little ones and avoid the big ones. But, as Neil Gaiman notes, “If you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?’” Yes, choosing is hard…
But the alternative to making big choices is a life that isn’t a life.
“The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.” ~Rick Riordan
“To take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” ~Madeline L’Engle
“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.” ~Patrick Ness
“You can’t control your fate by refusing to make choices. I didn’t discover my destiny until I faced my circumstances. It’s about making choices you don’t want to make; that’s what decides your destiny.” ~The Wishing Map
“We don’t get to choose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.”